gonna say what i need to say in my very last letter to you: last month’s mix, february 2011;

She said I swear it just exploded in my hand!

In which, even when she is being the world’s most rubbish and lazy music blogger, Lis puts together a selection of songs that have caught her attention through the joys of iTunes shuffle this month.

Yes, it’s been a while… but I’ve had my BFF on my sofa this past week or so and blogging has been the last thing on my mind. There have been days out, nights out, ends of eras; ice cream for lunch and cocktails for dinner; broken glass and bruised egos and life like an episode of Gossip Girl. There was Kid Canaveral, winning over my friends and proving categorically that if you can’t listen to them and love them instantly there is something wrong with you. There was my brother and I, turning “Creep” by Radiohead into a blues song at an open mic night in a pub in the middle of nowhere. There’s a Peenko stamp like a brand halfway up my arm that I can’t seem to wash off no matter how hard I try.

There’s plenty to write about that has nothing to do with any of that, but the trouble there is that it has once again gotten to the last day of the month and I haven’t posted a mix CD yet. Now despite popular demand, or at least its unofficial status as the theme song of this month’s Barcelona trip, there are no mentions of Barbra Streisand anywhere in this collection. I hope the affected parties can forgive me.

Some Hearts Are Gallows, I’m Not Here For Hanging Around: last month’s mix, February 2011

1. Iron and Wine: “Walking Far From Home”
I’m not as big a fan of the band’s latest album, Kiss Each Other Clean, as I expected to be from the title: it’s too heavily produced for my liking, lacking the intimacy of previous releases. So far, this opening track is the only one that’s made a lasting impression.

2. Kasey Anderson and the Honkies: “My Baby’s A Wrecking Ball”
Kasey, Kasey, Kasey. When the critics said that you’d got this band on board and this record was far more kickass than your last I thought they were talking shit. This is a hundred levels of awesome.

3. REM: “Discoverer”
The snippets I keep hearing are filling me with an excitement for the next release by the first band I ever loved that I haven’t felt for their work in ages.

4. The Cave Singers: “Swim Club”
My first taste of the new album from the dreamy, delicious Cave Singers.

5. Jenny Owen Youngs: “Fuck Was I”
This came about through Adam Boucher’s lovely live rendition of a song which staggeringly summed up much of this month for me. It sounds like biting your lip and singing with your gut, and Jenny in the accompanying video is – although censored – pretty much adorable.

6. The Green Door Kids: “Louie Louie”
This is a bit mental: an album of punk/rock standards covered – often rather badly, but very enthusiastically – by a bunch of 10-25 year olds at a Glasgow recording studio some time last year.

7. The Gaslight Anthem: “We’re Getting A Divorce, You Keep The Diner”
Just for that line, man, and because for some reason I keep going back to their first album no matter how much music they release.

8. World/Inferno Friendship Society: “Ladies and Gentlemen of the Road”
Because I get into the best things way too late.

9. Frank Turner: “Worse Things Happen At Sea”
It was a toss-up between this and an acoustic cover of that Loudon Wainwright song he played in Glasgow that I ripped off some YouTube video, but in the end I had to go with the one I’d been humming for a fortnight: the reason I want to live on a boat is that it really doesn’t matter. Oh, did I tell you Frank Turner tweeted at me this morning in my mad scrabble for tickets to his Dundee show in May with Franz Nicolay?

10. The Mountain Goats: “Down Here”
I love that there exist bands I can love to distraction, and yet still be constantly surprised by my gaps in their discography.

11. Sweet Baboo: “I’m A Dancer”
The traditional song-I-know-nothing-about this month (oh wait, was it one of Toad’s Festive Fifty?) is scratchy, low-key loveliness.

12. Destroyer: “Chinatown”
Dan Bejar gets dreamier and more otherworldly with every release.

13. Dan Bern: “Wasteland”
Even a younger Dan Bern – skinnier, stripped, sardonic – has already given up on his dreams; yet still I’d sway you in my arms and we could break our hearts together.

14. Wye Oak: “Civilian”
I don’t believe in anybody’s great white hope.

15. Adam Boucher: “Exceptions”
It’s ACOUSTIC and a BOY with GREAT LYRICS, and of course I’m going to fall in love with him.

DOWNLOAD: Some Hearts Are Gallows, I’m Not Here For Hanging Around [zip]

Monthly Most Played is, as usual, after the jump.

Monthly Most Played as of February 2011:
1. Marah, “Walt Whitman Bridge” [=] 2. The Gaslight Anthem, “High Lonesome” [=] 3. The Gaslight Anthem, “We Came To Dance” [=] 4. The Hold Steady, “Banging Camp” [=] 5. The Gaslight Anthem, “Old White Lincoln” [=] 6= The Gaslight Anthem, “The ’59 Sound” [=] 6= The Hold Steady, “Your Little Hoodrat Friend” [=] 8= Frank Turner, “I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous” [NE] 8= The Gaslight Anthem, “The Spirit of Jazz” [NE] 8= The Hold Steady, “Hurricane J” [=] 8= The Hold Steady, “Magazines” [9]